Dental Care Reform: Senate To Require Dental Veneers

Cosmetic Dentistry USA: dental veneers for all AmericansIn an unexpected bipartisan move, Democratic and Republican senators will announce on April 1st that they will supplement the health care reform bill with a comprehensive reform of dental care in the USA.

“Americans are typically considered to have perfect teeth,” said Senator McGrin (R-CA) at a press conference Tuesday. “What is at stake is nothing less than our country’s international reputation.”

“We will do whatever it takes to stay #1 in the world,” agreed Senator Smilestein (D-NY), also speaking at the press conference. “Our plan will guarantee dental veneers for every man, woman and child in the US.”

Under the proposed plan, dental veneers would become mandatory for all Americans in 2014.

Well-known for having a perfect smile himself, President Barack Obama is expected to support the bill.

Cosmetic dentistry is a right!” declared Sen. McGrin. “For too long, dental makeovers have been limited to those who can afford them. It’s simply not fair. Mandatory veneers will level the playing field, teeth-wise.”

Those who have had braces or who have naturally perfect teeth may be able to apply for a special waiver. However, these individuals would be required to undergo yearly exams from a cosmetic dentist. At the first sign of decay or yellow teeth, porcelain veneers would be immediately required.

But not everyone is thrilled with the new legislation. In fact, Tea Party conservatives and ACLU liberals have joined forces to protest the bill. “Requiring cosmetic dentistry is un-American,” declared Glenn Beck of Fox News. “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I completely agree with Glenn Beck,” replied the president of the ACLU.

“Who is going to pay for universal cosmetic dentistry?” asked Beck. “The Congressional Budget Office has projected that mandatory veneers or lumineers for all Americans will cost the country half a trillion dollars over the next five years. High-income Americans are taxed enough already. And don’t think that higher taxes to pay for this will be limited to people in the upper income brackets. You’re going to see tax increases for middle-income Americans also, if this goes through.”

While the National Dental Organization supports the measure, opponents have loudly challenged the measure. “What’s next?!? Dental implants and dentures for children? Braces for seniors?” demanded one protester. “Why should fat-cat dentists get a special break?”

James Du Molin, president of dental website, replied, “Dentists, like other small business owners, are the backbone of our economy. Why are we bailing out banks and other megacorporations? It’s small businesses, like the privately-owned dental office, that create 80% of the new jobs in America.”

Overall, Senators McGrin and Smilestein remain unfazed. “Government-sponsored veneers are the perfect blend of socialism and capitalism,” said Sen. Smilestein. “We’re confident that this solution will satisfy everyone… and cement America’s position of having the best-looking teeth in the world!”

Cosmetic Dentist Survey: Cost of Tooth Veneers (video)

vineers survey video The cost of dental veneers is much more than what you will pay for tooth whitening, but the results can be far more dramatic.

Cosmetic dentistry can revolutionize a smile, especially if the choice is tooth veneers.

“I think veneers are as technique sensitive as traditional crowns, therefore I charge the same amount.” said a California dentist.

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey that asked dentists what their fee is for dental veneers or lumineers.

Click on play to watch the survey video and hear the survey results –


One of the great things about veneers from a dental management point-of-view is that you are normally placing 4, 6, or 8 (or more) at a time.

If you would like to participate in future dentist surveys, please sign up for The Wealthy Dentist newsletter to cast your own vote.

Best Dental Veneers: Dentists Prefer Porcelain Veneers

Best dental veneersThe best dental veneers are likely to be ceramic or porcelain veneers, found this survey of dentists. Only one dentist in five prefers resin or composite veneers.

Eighty-six percent of doctors feel that teeth veneers are a great cosmetic option, but 14% worry they have become over-used. “I have had more very young patients wanting veneers, and this is a really disturbing trend,” said a Texas dentist. “I try to explain to them that they are beginning a lifetime of maintenance and replacement.”

Dentists were even split over whether traditionally prepared or minimal-prep are the best tooth veneers. Though they are becoming more popular, only 10% of dentists prefer no-prep veneers.

The majority of dentists do not have a favorite brand of dental veneers. Some dentists felt the best veneers for cosmetic dentistry were Lumineers, Empress, Durathin, or LifeLike Veneers.

Here are some comments from dentists about the best dental veneers:

  • “All types are good. Case decisions need to be personalized.” Missouri dentist
  • “Dental veneers are grossly overused.” Arizona prosthodontist
  • “In most cases, we provide a dental crown instead. The veneer is not that much more conservative than a crown, and the crown is much more likely to succeed long term. Veneers are over-marketed and over-utilized.” Illinois dentist
  • “I’ve had mixed results with no-prep veneers so far in my young career.” General dentist
  • “They are overused, but they are also a great option.” Connecticut dentist
  • “They work great in the proper situation. Good treatment planning is always the key.” Washington dentist anesthesiologist
  • “Veneers are not just for cosmetics, but can be a restorative or regenerative option. How much preparation on the teeth are dictated by teeth position and final result desired.” Texas dentist

Friday Random Video: Coneheads Visit the Dentist For Veneers

Friday Random Video: Coneheads Visit the Dentist For VeneersThis Week’s Friday random video features the dentist scene from the movie, “Coneheads” in remembrance of comedy writer Tom Davis, who passed away this week.

Davis was one of the first writers for “Saturday Night Live,” who helped create the Coneheads skits.

You may also remember Tom Davis from his early days with Al Franken, where the two partnered for regular comedy skits that landed them both writing jobs at “Saturday Night Live.”

Others may remember Davis for his scene in “Trading Places” with Al Franken, where they play railroad employees.

Jon Lovitz is priceless as the dentist who is about to place veneers on Dan Aykroyd’s alien teeth.

Click on Play to enjoy a good laugh  —

Cosmetic Dentistry: How Much Do Porcelain Veneers Cost? (survey)

take the TWD dental survey on the cost of veneersDentists: please participate in our cost of veneers survey.

As part of The Wealthy Dentist dialogue on dental practice management and marketing, we offer weekly surveys and invite your participation.

In order to understand different perspectives on the dental industry, we have developed surveys to canvas a diverse group of dental practices on their view of the dental industry, what constitutes current good practice in dental marketing and quality care.

The information collected will be used to prepare articles for The Wealthy Dentist readership.

The survey should take no more than 90 seconds to complete –

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